3 Jan 2014

Fiji PM urges people to vote in September polls

5:55 am on 3 January 2014

Fiji's prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has called on Fijians to do their part as the country is set to go to the polls this year - for the first time since 2006.

In his New Year's message, Commodore Bainimarama said the old days of a single loud voice dictating the votes of many are over permanently.

He says from now, each and every Fijian is free to vote with their minds.

Commodore Bainimarama says negative political and personal attacks and distorting facts are corrosive, adding that the diseased political behaviour of the past must be over and done with.

Elections have been promised for September but the regime is yet to set up the commission to appoint the body to run the poll.

Commodore Bainimarama has said he will stand although he has not formed a party yet.